Fishing cat kitten

Photo: Janice Sveda/Smithsonian's National Zoo

Feline bundle of joy

A fishing cat kitten rolls on its back and outstretches its paws while playing on Aug. 20 inside its enclosure at Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

Visitors to the zoo's Asia Trail can now see the 3-month-old twin kittens exploring, playing, climbing and fishing inside their enclosure under the watchful eye of their mother, Electra, from about 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day.

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Fishing cat kitten

Photo: Janice Sveda/Smithsonian's National Zoo

Aquatic kitties

A fishing cat kitten bats around an orange fish in a large bowl of water. Equipped with webbed paws, fishing cats spend much of their time in the water hunting fish.

The endangered species of wild cat is native to southeast Asia, where they suffer from fur poaching, wetland habitat destruction and overfishing.

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Fishing cat kittens

Photo: Brian Cannon/Smithsonian's National Zoo

Tree climbers

The pair of fishing cat kittens perch on a tree branch while exploring their enclosure. The birth of the two kittens on May 18 marked the first time the cats have successfully bred and produced offspring at Smithsonian's National Zoo.

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Fishing cat kitten and mother

Photo: Courtney Janney/Smithsonian's National Zoo

Kitten snuggles

A fishing cat kitten and its mother cuddle up on the ground after a productive day of exploring their new home.

Although Electra and her offspring were monitored through a closed-circuit camera for the first few weeks of life, keepers have worked closely with them over recent months to build trust and train behaviors that help staff evaluate their health.

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